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PECO ENERGY RESTORES SERVICE FOR LAST 200 CUSTOMERS OF 600,000 AFFECTED BY 'ICE BREAKER '94'

 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- PECO Energy Company (NYSE: PE) said this morning it is completing its massive customer restoration effort in the aftermath of the weekend ice storm -- the worst storm ever to strike its service territory -- that left some 600,000 customers without electricity.
 As more than 100 repair crews spanned out across Chester County early today to restore service to the last 200 customers affected by the storm, the company said all service would be restored by mid-day, and its storm center would close at noon.
 Outages during the extraordinary storm, dubbed "Ice Breaker '94" by the company, affected about 40 percent of PECO Energy's 1.5 million customers.
 Corbin A. McNeill Jr., president and chief operating officer, thanked company customers, employees and contractors, as well as repair crews from nine utilities in four states and the District of Columbia for their roles in storm restoration efforts.
 "We appreciate very much," he said, "the patience and understanding of our customers, and the magnificent, around-the-clock efforts of our repair crews and support personnel who made it possible to restore service to more than a half million customers in three days of ice and sub-freezing temperatures."
 Without the teamwork and dedication evidenced in executing restoration planning, McNeill said, restoring that many customers could have taken up to a week.
 He said lessons learned in planning for the "Blizzard of '93" in March of last year contributed to the rapid restoration of customers during Ice Breaker '94, even though the ice storm knocked out power to more than six times the number of customers affected by the blizzard.
 McNeill also thanked the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission "for their support and encouragement in the restoration efforts," and area news media "for their exemplary efforts to keep communities informed.
 "Communications is a critical component in the restoration process, and in assuring personal safety," he said, "and our media responded splendidly and professionally in reporting extensively on both."
 McNeill made particular note of "the outstanding efforts of 280 crews from nine utilities who worked side by side with our personnel to restore PECO Energy power."
 The crews came from Baltimore (Md.) Gas & Electric, Virginia Electric Power, Richmond, Va.; Potomac Electric Power, Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania Power & Light, Allentown; Pennsylvania Electric, Johnstown; Long Island (N.Y) Lighting, Consolidated Edison, New York City; Rochester (N.Y.) Gas & Electric, and Niagara Mohawk, Albany, N.Y.
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 /CONTACT: Neil McDermott of PECO Energy Company, 215-841-4122/
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